Are you starting your Christmas shopping? Or perhaps you’re trying to compose your own wish list. Well, we have some exciting news for you! Instant Pot has released an exclusive item to Walmart that you definitely need under the Christmas tree this year. Slowly Instant Pot has been taking over our kitchen by taking the place of our beloved Crock Pots, rice cookers, you name it! The Instant Pot can cook fabulous meals and it can do it quickly, what more could we ask for?

Now queue their new product, The Instant Pot Ace 60 Cooking Blender. Sounds fancy, right? Well, in fact, it’s quite fancy and we’re going to go over everything you need to know about it as well as some fantastic recipes you’ll want to try. Unfortunately for Canadians, at this time it is only available in Walmarts across the United States of America. However, this does give you all the more reason for a fun road trip to get your own! This fantastic kitchen gadget is only $99 (USD) and would make an excellent Christmas gift for any food-lover. Trust us, if it wasn’t on your Christmas wish list already it’s going to be now!

1. It’s Much Cheaper Than The Vitamix

Along with many kitchen gadgets, a blender is something you’ll find in many households. While they’re often used for smoothies if you have a powerful one you can use it for so much more! Many love the Vitamix blenders because they have a lot of power. They are also able to heat your blended food nice and hot so you can enjoy a warm bowl of soup fresh from the blender. Unfortunately, for some, purchasing a Vitamix would require taking out a loan.

Fortunately, the Instant Pot Ace 60 cooking blender has many features that a Vitamix has but is a 1/4 of the cost. To put that into perspective a Vitamix can range from as low as $400 up to $800 depending on what you’re hoping to get out of the blender. In contrast, the Instant Pot blender is only $99 USD. In conclusion, if you’re seeking a powerful blender that is much like the Vitamix but you don’t want to sell your house to afford it, then gift this budget-friendly blender this Christmas! PHOTO BY: WALMART

2. Has 8 Smart Touch Programs

Many love the Vitamix because of its large range of features. From blending smoothies, foods and soups it seems like the Vitamix can do it all! However, you’ll quickly discover that the Instant Pot can do all those amazing things too!

The Instant Pot blender has 8 wonderful programs that are accessible at the touch of a button. These programs include smoothie, puree, frozen desserts (AKA ice cream), crushed ice, soy milk, rice milk, nut/oat milk, and soup. The Instant Pot Blender allows you to combine multiple kitchen gadgets such as a blender, ice maker, ice cream maker, and immersion blender and combine them all into one convenient gadget. This will not only save you money in the long run but will take up less space in your kitchen too! PHOTOS BY: INSTANT POT

3. 4 Hot Blending Programs And 4 Cold Blending Programs

The great thing about the Instant Pot blender is that it has both hot and cold blending programs that allow it to do so much! The hot blending programs allow you to cook fresh ingredients right inside the pitcher. You leave out the separate boiling and blending steps because with this blender you can do it all in one place. This means you can turn raw vegetables into a lovely pureed hot soup, no stove top necessary!

The blender has the ability to cook food because it has a heating element. This is concealed at the bottom of the glass pitcher. Further, the cold blending programs are excellent for whipping up smoothies and even frozen desserts such as ice cream! It doesn’t get much better than that. PHOTOS BY: INSTANT POT

4. Has 3 Manual Blending Speeds

If you choose to use the manual blending program you’ll have 3 speeds to choose from, low, medium and high. The blender will beep three times and then begin blending. While you’re blending the contents you can change the blending speed at any time without having to interrupt the blending cycle.

The manual blending speeds can come in handy on several occasions. For example, if you’re trying to break down foods that are hearty such as beets or asparagus you may want to consider using the manual blending program. Further, when breaking down dry ingredients it’s important to keep in mind the size of the ingredient. If you’re breaking down a dry food item that is more than 1/2 an inch in size you’ll want to blend on medium. In contrast, if the dry ingredients are less than 1/2 an inch in size you can blend on high. These blending speeds allow you to blend a large assortment of ingredients that make preparing food easy! PHOTO BY: WALMART

5. Easy To Use Display

Fancy kitchen gadgets are great, however, often, if they have a lot of features that frequently comes with a complicated menu. Fortunately, the Instant Pot blender has a user-friendly display. The LED display is easy to use and is organized too. All the hot blending program keys are on one side with the cold blending program keys on the other.

The center displays the blending time, temperature as well as the manual blending program keys. The great thing about the display is while your food cooks you’ll be provided with real-time cooking temperatures. You can even customize the temperature display and choose either Fahrenheit or Celsius. These display features are very user-friendly which makes using this kitchen gadget a breeze. PHOTOS BY: INSTANT POT

6. Premium Glass Pitcher

The Instant Pot blender comes with a heavy-duty 60 ounce (1.75 liters) glass pitcher. This also includes an 8  machine ground stainless steel blades and has a concealed heating element at the bottom.

Further, the glass pitcher is resistant to changes in temperature which is very important considering it can make both cold and hot food. It’s important when using the blender to keep in mind the pitcher will be very hot after cooking. To avoid burns, or injury ensure when using the cooking programs you don’t touch the hot glass pitcher but instead to always use the handle on the side. PHOTOS BY: WALMART

7. Has A Powerful And Quiet Motor

The Instant Pot blender has to have a powerful motor to be able to fulfill all its programs and capabilities. While the motor may be powerful you’ll be happy to know it’s quiet too!

The motor has a maximum speed of 23, 000 RPM (revolutions per minutes). In comparison, the Vitamix blenders range from 22, 700 RPM to 28, 500 RPM. Considering the enormous price difference between the two blenders, it is clear that the Instant Pot blender is just as powerful as the Vitamix. High-speed blenders are essential if you want to break down raw vegetables or other tough ingredients because otherwise your blender simply won’t be capable to break down the food or you’ll burn out the motor very quickly. PHOTOS BY: WALMART

8. Has a Self Cleaning Feature

Many blenders come apart for easy cleaning whereas the Instant Pot blender’s base is attached to the pitcher. Initially, this seems like a con for the blender but Instant Pot thinks of everything. You’ll be happy to know the blender has a self-cleaning feature that makes cleaning a breeze.

All you have to do is fill the pitcher with about 1000ML of hot water and secure the lid. Press the pulse/clean function to lift any leftover food contents and then discard the dirty water once the cycle is complete. Then, you’ll fill the pitcher with hot water again but this time with a squirt of dish soap. Press the pulse/clean button and discard again when the cycle is complete. Lastly, you’ll rinse out the pitcher until all soapy residue is gone and dry with a hand towel. It’s crucial to ensure that you don’t submerge the base of the blender in water because that section contains electrical components. PHOTOS BY: INSTANT POT

9. Include Accessories

If you haven’t been convinced already perhaps knowing that the blender comes with accessories will set this kitchen gadget over the edge. The Instant Pot Blender comes with a food tamper, measuring cup, cleaning brush with bristles and a food safe strainer bag.

The tamper is great for ensuring all the ingredients get right down to the blades without having to take the lid off. This is equivalent to what comes with the Vitamix, but once again is a fraction of the cost. Further, the cleaning brush is excellent for helping to clean any hard to remove food from the blades and the base of the pitcher. Lastly, the food safe strainer bag is excellent for making your own nut, rice, soy or oat milk. The bag is also machine washable which makes the cleanup extremely easy! This blender can do so much and will replace multiple kitchen gadgets at once, there is no wonder why you’ll want this on your wish list this Christmas! To learn more and view the full manual of the Instant Pot Ace 60 Cooking Blender, read HERE. PHOTO BY: INSTANT POT

10. Nut Milk

Now that you’re excited about this new kitchen gadget we’re going to share with you some amazing recipes that can be made in this glorious tool! We’ll cover some classics like smoothies and soups and even show you how you can easily make nut milk and ice cream at home too!

With dairy allergies and veganism on the rise, many are seeking milk alternatives. That’s where nut milk come in! You can enjoy a tasty creamy drink without any dairy and it can hold a lot of nutrients too! While you can buy alternative milk at the store, the Instant Pot Ace blender is a great tool to help you make it in the comfort of your own home! Additionally, you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing exactly what ingredients went into it and it could be budget-friendly too! Instant Pot came up with a very simple recipe that will walk you through how to make nut milk at home! All you’ll need is your Ace blender, warm water, nuts of your choice and water! Once you’ve blended the nuts with water you’ll strain the mixture using the nut bag that came with your blender! It’s so easy you’ll be asking yourself why you haven’t tried it sooner! PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: INSTANT POT

11. Chocolate Banana Ice Cream

It’s time to put that ice cream button to use! This recipe is so easy and a great way to make ice cream at home! All you’ll need is milk, instant chocolate pudding mix, chocolate syrup, and bananas. Before making the ice cream in the blender you’ll need to whip up the instant chocolate pudding mix and freeze in an ice cube tray. Once frozen you’ll pour the ingredients into the blender and use the ice cream button.

While the ingredients are blending you’ll need to use the tamper tool to push all the ingredients down towards the blades until it has been thoroughly blended. Lastly, you’ll transfer the mixture to a freezer safe container and freeze until it reaches your desired consistency! It’s so easy you could get the whole family to help prepare it and then enjoy it together. PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: INSTANT POT

12. 5-Minute Mango Sorbet

If you’re seeking a healthier alternative to traditional ice cream then you’ll love this sorbet recipe! It’s so simple and only requires 3 ingredients. These wholesome ingredients include frozen mango chunks, unsweetened pineapple juice, and almond or coconut milk.

To create the sorbet you’ll throw the ingredients in the blender starting with liquids then add in the mango chunks last. Use the ice cream program button and blend until smooth. Transfer the mixture to a freezer safe container and you’ll have a healthy treat ready in no time. PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: PERRY’S PLATE

13. Kid-Approved Green Smoothie Muffins

The great thing about blenders is they can literally do so much, including help to make delicious muffins! This muffin recipe might not start and finish in the blender but it will surely help you along the way.

These green smoothie muffins are made of wholesome ingredients. The blenders important roll in this recipe is blending up the spinach and kale nice and smooth so you’re not left with chunky leaf bits in the muffin. Once the ingredients are blended you’ll combine with your other dry ingredients such as flour, baking powder etc and then finish by baking them in the oven. PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: FORKLY

14. Frozen Mochaccinos

Skip your morning Starbucks run and enjoy a delicious caffeinated beverage straight from your blender. This recipe is so tasty that if you share it with friends they’ll be begging you for the recipe (and your blender)!

To create this drink you’ll need milk, chocolate syrup, vanilla extract, sugar, instant coffee, and ice. To blend the drink you’ll use the smoothie program. Once complete serve with a dollop of whipped cream, sit back, sip and relax! PHOTO AND RECIPE HERE: INSTANT POT

15. 5-Minute Sauces You Can Make In The Blender

This is not just one recipe but 5 different recipes for sauces you can effortlessly make in your blender. These sauce recipes include BBQ sauce, marinara sauce, enchilada sauce, alfredo sauce, and avocado cream sauce.

All of these sauces require just a handful of ingredients and literally take minutes in the blender! You’ll simply dump the ingredients into the blender and use the manual blend feature until the sauce has reached your desired consistency. Homemade sauces never looked so easy! PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: TABLESPOON

16. Butternut Squash Soup

Cook up a warm bowl of soup conveniently in your blender. You won’t need any additionals pots, pans, or bowls because the Instant Pot Ace Blender makes cooking easy! This soup is made of wholesome ingredients and has loads of seasonings that will surely satisfy your taste buds.

You’ll place the ingredients in the blender and choose the “Soup **” program which is designed to create a creamy soup. This will take about 22 minutes because the heating element needs to heat up and cook the soup as well as blend the ingredients. Since it’s completely hands off you can freely do what you want for the next 22 minutes! PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: INSTANT POT

17. Smoke Sausage Chili

Not only can you create creamy soup in the Instant Pot Blender but you can cook delicious chunky chili too! The difference from the creamy soup is you’ll choose the “Soup *” function which is meant for chunky soup. This will cook your chili but won’t puree it smooth.

This chili is so easy you’ll dump all the ingredient into your blender except for the kidney beans. The “Soup *” function only takes 20 minutes! however, when 5 minutes cooking time remains you’ll hit pause, add the kidney beans and finish cooking. You’ll never want to cook your chili on the stove top again! PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: INSTANT POT

18. Mexican Black Bean Blender Brownies

We discussed earlier how you can effortlessly make muffins in the blender but you can also make sweet treats like brownies! These protein-packed brownies have a secret ingredient, black beans! The blender does a wonderful job in blending up the ingredients nice and smooth before baking so you’re not left with any suspicious chunks.

To create these brownies you merely blend all the ingredients until smooth. Then, transfer to a baking dish and top with chocolate chips. Lastly, you’ll bake the brownies in the oven for about 25-30 minutes and then you can indulge in an ooey-gooey treat! PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: ISABEL EATS

19. 8 Staple Smoothies You Should Know How To Make

Smoothies are fantastic because they can be a delicious dessert, a post-workout meal, a quick breakfast on the go and so much more! This is not just one recipe but 8 staple smoothie recipes to help get you started.

You’ll be provided with a recipe for a classic green smoothie, orange dreamsicle smoothie, chocolate peanut butter smoothie, peanut butter banana smoothie, pina colada smoothie, strawberry banana smoothie, mocha smoothie, and a mixed berry smoothie. If you don’t love one recipe you’re bound to love another! Just throw all the ingredients in the blender starting with liquids first and then use the smoothie function to blend your ingredients nice and smooth. PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: WHOLEFULLY

20. Tuscan White Bean Dip

You could even whip up a delicious dip conveniently in the Instant Pot blender! To create the dip you’ll want to use the “Puree **” function which blends the ingredients for about 3 minutes.

Fill the blender with all the ingredients except for parmesan cheese, basil, and pepper. Once the dip has been pureed smoothly you’ll stir in the last 3 ingredients and serve either warm or cold, your choice! PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: INSTANT POT

Clarissa Vanner

Clarissa loves experimenting with food of all cultures to make unique healthy dishes. When she’s not browsing Pinterest for new recipe inspiration she likes to pick up a DIY project and use her creative hands to make art or crafts. In her down time you can find her watching the latest documentaries on Netflix or going for nature walks.

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